I have been to Scotland and the first stop was Edinburgh

As you might have noticed, it has been a while since my last post. Although I have taken some pictures the past months, which I will share later, I simply couldn’t find the time, nor energy, to post my work. Luckily, there came an end to my lack of motivation, as I visited Scotland and got re-energized! So for the weeks to come, I’ll be sharing some of my work and revive my blog! The series on Scotland will kick off in Edinburgh.

Calton Hill, Edinburgh

Edinburgh as seen from Calton Hill. On the left the Dugald Stewart Monument.

I had planned a trip through Scotland with a colleague (I will get back to that in a later post), yet decided to travel the main trip in solitude. My first stop was Edinburgh and from there I would move to Fort William, Isle of Skye, and Glasgow. As I had never been in Scotland, this was very exiting, and arriving at Edinburgh felt like coming home right away! The Scots are very much like the Dutch in their communication, very direct. And I appreciate that honesty. There is only one big difference, the Scots are nicer people, and always in for a chat, opposed to the more self-centered Dutch people. I also realized that the average Scot swears a bit more than the common English person, something that I f*cking enjoy too. The city Edinburgh feels almost like Amsterdam. It is smaller and therefore less crowded, but I felt free! Walking the sidewalks, the smell of weed greeted me (despite pot not being legal, some people do smoke it in the streets), a little further down the road a gay couple walked hand-in-hand, and in the Princess Street Gardens many people were enjoying their lunch, a good read, or just the sun. Freedom!

Princes Street Gardens

People enjoying the sun in the Princess Street Gardens.

As you can read, I enjoyed the vibe of the city and the people living there. The people are very nice, and besides the Scottish being talkative, they are very much “dog people”. Having a dog myself, this is something I finally understand (I had no clue about being able to love an animal before Luvo came into my life). A must see for dog owners is the grave and statue of Greyfriars Bobby. A little Skye Terrier that spent 14 years guarding the grave of his owner until is own dead. This dog is very loved in Scotland, and his statue is still being petted, even by locals.

Little Bobby

Scotland is a great country for dog lovers!

Besides being friendly, it said that that Scotland is not country of the pretty people, but the picture below proves the critics wrong!

Girl in Edinburgh

One of the prettiest girls of Edinburgh.

And of course, being Scotland, the Gothic architecture is well presented in this wonderful city. From the Edinburgh Castle to the many churches, the architecture is amazing.

Graveyard in Edinburgh

Even the graveyards are impressive!

But it is not just Gothic, even the Romans left their architectural footprint here. A brilliant combination!

Calton Hill

Roman architecture on Calton Hill.

Another fantastic aspect of Edinburgh is the position of two hills. Calton Hill, which can be found in the city center, and the hills of Park Holyrood (Arthur’s Seat) just outside the shopping street of Edinburgh offer spectacular views over the city.

Edinburgh

Looking down on the Princess Street from Calton Hill.

While Calton Hill reaches to only 100 meters in height (330 feet), climbing to Arhturs Seat will get you 250 meters above sea level (820 feet).

Arthurs Seat

A view over the city from Arthurs Seat.

It can be quite windy up the hill, so bring something warm to wear (especially during the evening), but you might get rewarded with a great view!

Edinburgh

If you are lucky, you’ll get treated by a great sunset.

While I planned three days in Edinburgh, the city is that small, that two days really is enough to see it all. Yet, as small as the city is, as greatly you will enjoy your visit there. Did you ever visit Scotland’s capitol? Let us know your experience and tips in the comments!

In my next post  I’ll show you my next destination: North Berwick!

Kind regards,

Tieme


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5 Comments

  1. Roger

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    Very nice pictures, I love the way you used the light and the perspective to give a grand view of Edinburgh. I notice that you focused on the St Mary’s Episcopal Cathedral in 4 of your pictures from all the different angles, must have taken some time, but the results are great!

    Love to see the rest of the pictures you took of Fort William, Isle of Skye, and Glasgow!

    • Reply

      Hi Roger, thank you so much for your comment! I am always happy to see someone taking their time to leave a message. 🙂

      Edinburgh is a nice city, yet the cathedral is hard to capture as there are many distracting buildings that can ruin a picture. I did take some time for my shots, thank you!

      Have a great day and grand weekend ahead!

      Best regards,
      Tieme

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    These are beautiful photos. I’ve visited Edinburgh twice and fell in love immediately. I could easily go back anytime and spend days exploring more of the city and her attractions. The last time I went was for Hogmanay – that’s truly an unforgettable experience.

    I really liked reading your take on the city. Coming from the Top End of Australia, Edinburgh is very different. Skye was another incredible experience too. The people certainly make you feel welcome.

    Scotland certainly lives up to expectations.
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    • Reply

      Hi Sharon!

      Thank you so much for your comment! Oh wow, Hogmanay should be a great experience indeed. Good for you to have celebrate it in Edinburgh! The people in Scotland are great indeed, but I’ve been told that the Ozzie’s are fine people too!

      Thanks again for leaving a note, I appreciate that!

      Cheers,
      Tieme

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